YOUNGSTOWN Judge finds couple guilty in drug case
A background check on the Scotts will be done before they are sentenced.
YOUNGSTOWN -- An Elm Street couple, who police believe to be major contributors to drug trafficking in the Westlake Terrace housing project, is awaiting sentencing for drug charges.
Lester Scott, 42, and Shauna Berry Scott, 39, both pleaded no contest Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to multiple counts of trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and drug possession.
Judge Robert Lisotto found them guilty of all counts and ordered that a background check be done before they are sentenced.
Prosecutor's comments: "We've really made an effort to crack down on that Westlake drug trafficking," said Robert Duffrin, an assistant prosecutor assigned to the Mahoning Valley Drug Task Force. "Lester has always been a big part of that."
He described Shauna Berry Scott as the "brains" of the operation, and Lester Scott as the "muscle."
Defense attorney Thomas Zena could not be reached to comment.
Court records say Lester Scott faces more than 15 years in prison. His wife could be sentenced to more than seven years or could be placed on probation.
The Scotts were arrested in October 2001 when Youngstown police and task force agents raided their North Side home. They reportedly found packages of suspected crack cocaine in the top of a bottled water dispenser, in a videocassette tape case and in Shauna Scott's bra.